Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

I’m among millions who are deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Robin Williams, the most brilliant comic talent of our time. There will not be another like him.

Williams was loved for his outstanding performances in so many films. Among my favorites are “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and "Good Morning, Vietnam.”

There was a manic intensity to Williams' improvisational skills. Perhaps that was the other side of his severe depression. The inner demons he was battling clearly overshadowed all the acclaim he earned.

There are four more movie appearances coming to the theaters. They will be a testament to the outstanding actor and individual we have lost. Robin Williams’ performances still stand, however, all evidence of the spirit, genius and humanity he brought to his craft.


Michael J. Mand said...

I remember the first time I was introduced to the humor of maximum entropy of Robin Williams. He was one of the "young" comedians on an HBO special hosted by David Steinberg in 1977, I believe. I'm tempted to play the audio track of that performance on SJI August 29.

Jeff Tone said...

I think that's a good idea. Robin Williams is certainly deserving of a tribute on your show.